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Video: How would Super Mario Bros. have played with a portal gun?

Good thing Mario (and most video game characters/mascots) never got a portal gun. He (they) would get far too lazy and ruin his (their) games.

Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Consoleation: Sounding the alarm

Recent economic trends—notably rapid increases in fuel prices and associated price hikes in the general cost of living—should be something that the console video game industry starts taking seriously. Everything is getting more expensive at a most inopportune time for the domestic economy, and with the decline of disposable income, it's only a matter of time before pain is once again felt by the console gaming industry.

Video: Sonic Generations official gameplay trailer

As nice as this trailer looks, it only reminds me that Sega still doesn't know what to do with Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega wants so badly to fit Sonic into a large 3D world that it has forced him into games with hover boards, wolf transformation, giant swords and even guns. Fans on the other hand just seem to be begging for more of what they grew up on—2D platforming levels.

Video: Sonic Generations official gameplay trailer

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 53: Portal 2, Dead Space 2 and Potpourri

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Video: Super Mario Fingers

Hokuto "Hok" Konishi is a member of the Quest Crew. (For those that didn't know, Quest Crew were the winners of Season Three of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. They've been enjoying great success since then making appearances all over the world.)

Konishi injured himself while training so he is sidelined from dancing. However, while he can't express himself with his feet, he still has two working hands and has used them to create this video "tribute" to Super Mario.

Video: Super Mario Fingers

Kirby's Epic Yarn and de Blob 2: Two (too?) easy games

Kirby's Epic Yarn Screenshot

The most difficult part of reviewing a game is reviewing the difficulty. A few games—Super Meat Boy, I Wanna be the Guy—can uncontroversially be called hard, but the essential question is actually whether they are too hard. Since that level of difficulty depends not only on the individual player's skills and experience, but also on his values, it can be difficult to state what goes over the line. It is even harder to accurately say whether a game is too easy, primarily because most reviewers are skilled and experienced gamers, many of them drawn to the hobby during its early days when challenge was practically all a game could offer in terms of fun.

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

One of my new favorite shows comes out of Britain. It goes by the name of Misfits and airs on E4 (whatever that is). Anyway, it features a group of young superheroes (or super anti-heroes) and one of them actually uses parkour to get around.

Now, that has always looked cool, but watching the character who is only now starting to do the parkour  thing, I began to wonder where one would learn to even do this stuff and at a level where you could just traverse a city.

Well, wouldn't you know it, there is a place like that. It purports  to be "California's first indoor facility dedicated to freerunning and parkour."

Whether that is true or not is irrelevant. The skills of the people in the video are amazing and even if there weren't some Mario-theme sections in their facility, I'd still find a reason to post this video here.

Video: Learn how to outrun Mirror's Edge Faith

de Blob 2 Review

The Party Shouldn't Stop

de Blob 2 Screenshot

HIGH Rolling through a completed level with the music blaring and a colorful party going on all around.

LOW The bosses feel totally out of place.

WTF Why have a timer?

Create your own authentic Legend of Zelda treasure chest

Are you a Legend of Zelda fan? Of course you are. And as a Zelda fan, the one thing you've always wanted outside of a Zora Tunic or the Master Sword is a large chest just like the ones Link finds all the best goodies in.

Remember how dramatic it felt opening one of these chests and finding a dungeon compass?

Instructables user Zachariah Cruse has put together a guide on how to build your own treasure chest so that you too can be serenaded everytime you open it to access your collection of masks, boots and ocarinas.

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